Saturday, November 22, 2008

Copernicus ID'ed



The Kronenberg Foundation in Warsaw has created a computer-generated reconstruction of what astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus may have looked like on the basis of a skull discovered in the cathedral in Frombork, northern Poland.

Polish and Swedish researchers said Thursday they have identified the remains of Nicolaus Copernicus by comparing DNA from a skeleton they have found with that taken from hair retrieved from one of the 16th-century astronomer's books.

Woot!

This is cooler than cool.

This is the kind of stuff that keeps me enthralled with science.

21 Comments:

At November 22, 2008 6:01 PM, Blogger cube said...

James Cromwell, that ultra-idiot liberal who played Zefram Cochrane in ST:First Contact could play him in The Copernicus Story.

 
At November 22, 2008 6:53 PM, Blogger Chuck said...

Cool

 
At November 22, 2008 7:09 PM, Blogger dmarks said...

Looks like someone found an old Vatican "Wanted" poster and scanned it in.

 
At November 22, 2008 7:29 PM, Blogger cube said...

dmarks: lol. That would've saved them a few steps in the forensic analysis.

 
At November 22, 2008 7:38 PM, Blogger Shea said...

I saw that, a log of fascinting stuff going on with science right now
, Jurrasic Park someday, that'd be scary, but cool

 
At November 22, 2008 7:48 PM, Blogger KG said...

Good stuff!

 
At November 22, 2008 7:55 PM, Blogger cube said...

This reminds me of the archeological find referred to as "Kennewick Man". When his skull was reconstructed, he looked like the spitting image of Captain Picard.

 
At November 22, 2008 8:40 PM, Blogger Caz said...

Way cool.

It even looks the way I would expect Copernicus to look ... not that I'd ever given it thought before, but now that I see him: yep, looks just like Copernicus!

 
At November 22, 2008 9:18 PM, Blogger Ratty said...

That is cool. I never imagined what he looked like, but it's really interesting.

 
At November 22, 2008 10:32 PM, Blogger cube said...

caz: Hey stranger, looks like you have insider information about Copernicus. As dmarks pointed out, have you been rooting around in the Vatican cellar looking at the "Wanted" posters?

 
At November 22, 2008 10:32 PM, Blogger cube said...

ratty: He kind of looks like Isaac Newton.

 
At November 22, 2008 10:56 PM, Blogger Christopher Hamilton said...

That is really cool.

BTW, I'm looking to add you to my blog roll if you're willing to add me in return. Let me know.

 
At November 23, 2008 12:32 AM, Blogger MK said...

Yeah, cool stuff there cube.

 
At November 23, 2008 7:24 PM, Blogger dmarks said...

So one reconstructed dead guy looks like Captain Picard, and another looks like Zefram Cochrane. I do think that the Federation has been playing time-travel games again....

 
At November 23, 2008 7:34 PM, Blogger cube said...

christopher hamilton: I don't have a blogroll at the moment, but if I ever get one, I'll gladly add you.

MK: Glad you liked it.

dmarks: heh heh. Apparently temporal mechanics makes the world go round.

 
At November 24, 2008 5:51 AM, Blogger dmarks said...

Christopher Hamilton: You don't even show as having a profile, let alone a blog.

 
At November 24, 2008 1:08 PM, Blogger David Amulet said...

That's what Ted Danson will look like in 15 years.

 
At November 24, 2008 6:20 PM, Blogger Leslie Johnson said...

Just what I thought: A pedophile.

 
At November 25, 2008 9:04 AM, Blogger birdwoman said...

Why do they always look like Wanted posters?

(*)>

 
At November 25, 2008 12:27 PM, Blogger cube said...

dmarks: heh heh.

david a.: Not Sam Malone!

leslie j.: Not Sam Malone!

bw: Just a guess, but chances are if they're recontructing your image from a skull, you're not in your happy place anymore.

 
At November 30, 2008 4:14 PM, Blogger RussianGirl said...

That's nice information!:))

 

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